I took our ‘new-to-us-as-of-November-2012′ Toyota Rav4 to the dealership the other day to get a quote on something we wanted to get fixed (not essential but helpful). They took it in to get looked at as Zac and I duly occupied ourselves in the child-friendly waiting area… for over an hour!
Although I was becoming more grateful by the minute that they were fully kitted out with a variety of kids entertainment things (books, DVD’s, colouring books, bean-bags, etc.), after 1hr15 minutes I began to wonder if waiting this long for a simple quote was the reason why they were so prepared in this way!
After asking for an up-date on the car, the fellow finally came out with a paper in hand and proceeded to tell me all the figures I didn’t want to hear! Then he worked his way down the list. “We checked this, this and that. Those were ok but you had some light-bulbs that needed replacing which we did. We also topped up the oil and checked a few other things which were fine….”
Inside I was thinking “Argh… he’s done all this work and all I wanted was a quote!” I gratefully thanked him for all the work he had done and asked how much I owed him.
“Oh nothing – we’ll give you all that for free!” he said with a smile as he shook my hand and returned my key! “Just give me a call if there’s anything else I can do for you.”
Well I about fell off the chair before I even had the chance to stand up! Thank you Lord!
We haven’t ordered the part yet we got the quote for since, at that price, it’s now even more of a non-essential! But a few weeks ago the thought had crossed my mind “I know one of our light bulbs needs replacing… What’s the simplest/most cost effective way to go about doing that?… I’ll think about that later!”
I wish I could say I’d prayed about it but I hadn’t. And taking it to the dealership would have been the last answer I would have expected! “Thanks Lord for orchestrating my steps and taking care of the things I’m concerned about but don’t always think you are too!”